Stories by Ian Paul

Google's Chrome Gmail encryption extension hides NSA-jabbing Easter Egg

Google is famous for its Easter Eggs, including web pages that do barrel rolls or blink or hide video games--but rarely do Google's bits of fun take a political tone. Showing just unhappy the company or at least its engineers are with the National Security Agency's surveillance activities Google included a jab at America's spooks in a new Chrome browser extension.

Ian Paul | 06 Jun | Read more

A beginner's guide to BitLocker, Windows' built-in encryption tool

The creators of TrueCrypt shocked the computer security world this week when they seemingly ended development of the popular open source encryption tool. Even more surprising, the creators said TrueCrypt could be insecure and that Windows users should migrate to Microsoft's BitLocker. Conspiracy theories immediately began to swirl around the surprise announcement.

Ian Paul | 31 May | Read more

Cookies open Wordpress accounts to easy hijacking

If you're a user you'll want to be extra cautious the next time you're tempted to whip up a blog post from your local coffee shop. If anyone on the same open connection is using a networking sniffing tool like Firesheep, your account could be easily hacked.

Ian Paul | 28 May | Read more

Regain your privacy with these 3 browser add-ons

With so many advertisers, social networks, and other companies interested in your data, it's pretty hard to stay private online these days. But don't reach for that tinfoil hat just yet! There are a few tools that can help privacy-conscious users shake privacy-smashing trackers off their tails.

Ian Paul | 10 May | Read more

Google Chrome flirts with killing URLs

Google has an interesting idea for upcoming versions of Chrome at could either make browsing safer or destroy the web as we know it. The latest build of Google's Chrome experimental Canary browser introduced a feature that does away with URLs, also known as the web addresses.

Ian Paul | 06 May | Read more